A romantic retelling of a classic fairy tale about a beautiful herbalist and a lovestruck prince.
Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! The prince from the neighboring kingdom, Zen, rescues her from her plight, and thus begins their love story.
When a banquet invitation arrives from Prince Raj in Tanbarun, Izana tests Zen and Shirayuki’s budding relationship by forcing Shirayuki to accept. But before the young lovers can cope with their impending time apart, a new threat arrives in Clarines—and he’s got our red-haired heroine in his sights!
Zen had made his feelings clear to Shirayuki, and they both are basically dating now, so on the romance front, things are sailing smoothly. But parts of Shirayuki’s past come knocking again, like Mihaya (who was an antagonist a few volumes ago) coming to inform them that someone (a pretty boy, Obi reminds) is searching for Shirayuki. Meanwhile, Prince Raji has sent an invitation to Shirayuki to come visit, as a show of gratitude for her advice to him when he had visited Wistalia. Izana basically ordering Shirayuki to go, and with the threat that is searching for her, it seems like a good choice to get out of town for a while. And while Zen is tied to his position, he, fortunately has some loyal retainers with whom he can entrust her safety.
Firstly, I like the call-backs to previous minor characters, like Mihaya and that Count Haruka, who have become frenemies, if not allies, now. There was one hilarious panel where Haruka, Shirayuki and Obi are in the same place, and it is pointed out how awkward it is, when one of them had hired the other to kill the other. I think it is interesting how Shirayuki is rebuilding her interactions with antagonistic characters like them, as well as the Raji, who is surprised she accepted the invitation. There’s no Big Bad kind of villain or Nemesis in this story, if you think about it. Even Izana, who is sort of a conflict for Zen and Shirayuki has his reasons for making life a bit difficult for them. Meanwhile, in Tanbarun, we get to see them being awkward around each other, and the whole palace being absolutely obsessed with Shirayuki, who is there as a guest and not a prince’s prize. We also get to meet Raji’s adorable younger siblings! And Obi is awesome in this volume, and you can see the scenes where his affection for both Zen and Shirayuki are clear. Sadly, I don’t think my OT3 dreams will be realized.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
Previous books in the Snow White with the Red Hair/Akagami no Shirayukihime series
Releases on January 7, 2019